GUEST ROOM UPDATE REVEAL

September 10, 2018

With living in a home that is being completely renovated ongoingly, every room needs attention so it’s kind of unusual that I’ve doubled back a little bit on one of our most done rooms, the guest room and nursery. BUT it all started with realizing I wasn’t completely happy with the first rug I picked.

You can see the previous iteration of the guest room here. I decided I wanted to change the rug for something warmer and with more colors. Then when I found this one I had to get it, which is what prompted the room change. I love persian rugs, and though I shop for them vintage often, when a really good mass produced one comes along I take notice. I think this is the best mass produced one for the price I have ever seen.

I love that it has tassels! That makes such a difference for the sense of detail and quality. It’s the nuloom medallion fringe rug. I’ve seen it lots of places but it’s on amazon with prime right now!

 changing table (similar) | roman shade | white storage boxes | leather storage binsmedallion fringe rug | metal bed frame | mattress | gray throw blanketceiling light fixture | ceiling medallion

Another change is new art which I have liked for the same reasons as the rug actually – warmth and pattern. The frames are from target. Also at target I got those leather bins from the hearth and hand line. They are really nice for baby clothes.

Anddd the biggest change for COMFORT is our new mattress we got from leesa. It has the balance I like in a mattress which is soft and yet mysteriously still firm in a way too. The mattress itself is crazy pretty with this warm gray quilting (the same stitching as their blanket).

We use their pillows which I can only describe as like a mini mattress in pillow form. Very supportive and doesn’t even have to have a pillowcase. The mattress we have is called the sapira and right now it is actually $225 off!

We built the wall mounted nightstand ourselves and for this update I layered it with another accent table. I like the chrome with the brass lamp and it is nice for more surface area.

One last difference was that we removed the arm chair. We didn’t find ourselves using it. It’s better for flow without it anyway. That chair was from back when I tried my hand at furniture upholstery for the first time and there were certainly some (MANY) imperfections so we disposed of it.

black & white bed sheets | white knit blanket | green seagrass basket |  wooden stacking toy | chrome accent table | brass task lamp | blue and white throw blanket | mint bud vase | dried craspedia flowers (similar) |  jenny lind crib | green velvet pillow | navy velvet pillow | wooden wall frames 

I think I have found it is worth it to hire out upholstery for things like full arm chairs (unless you are really into practicing to learn the trade and become good). Benches and simple seats like on dining room chairs I would still do myself though. (David usually helps me. It kind of takes a lot of strength to pull tight and do well!)

Here is the verrry before photo for the room, like the pervious owner’s stuff before we moved in. It feels so good to come so far.

SECOND FLOOR BASEMENT BEFORE from Rachel Schultz-14

All the sources for items should be linked under photos, but let me know if I missed any.

And links for the diy’s we did in here – a $30 wall mounted nightstand and very cheap board and batten. And putting in hardwood floors of course!

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SLOW COOKER GARLIC PORK STIR FRY

August 27, 2018

Yes, stir fry is one of my favorite things to do in the crock pot. Because you can prep your starch (rice noodles or straight rice) really easily and then if everything else is taken care of in the slow cooker, your meal is like, immediately done.

Such is the case here, with this garlic pork stir fry. To do a stir fry with pork is so easy this way because just in general I like to work with pork in the slow cooker. Flavor is great and it goes quickly.

Slow Cooker Garlic Pork Stir FrySlow Cooker Garlic Pork Stir Fry
Serves five to six

2 pork tenderloins
8 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup lime juice
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon grated ginger
1 teaspoon pepper

Place tenderloins in slow cooker with garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar, lime juice, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, ginger, and pepper.

Cook on low for 6-7 hours or high for 3-4 hours. Remove pork and shred. Return to slow cooker and cook for 30 more minutes.

Prepare rice noodles according to package instructions. Serve pork over noodles, topped with green onion, chopped cashews, and cilantro.

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SLOW COOKER GARLIC PORK STIR FRY
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 pork tenderloins
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Place tenderloins in slow cooker with garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar, lime juice, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, ginger, and pepper.
  2. Cook on low for 6-7 hours or high for 3-4 hours. Remove pork and shred. Return to slow cooker and cook for 30 more minutes.
  3. Prepare rice noodles according to package instructions. Serve pork over noodles, topped with green onion, chopped cashews, and cilantro.

 

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MEXICAN RICE BOWLS

August 20, 2018

Weeknight staple on full rotate right here. This is all provided, kind of buffet style. People can do what they wish with it. In fact, sometimes I joke with David that tonight’s dinner is “express yourself through mexican.”

Also mexican is kind of my all time favorite for when I am hosting a dinner. It’s pretty simple, just the meat, then chopping a lot of stuff. Still feels like a nice spread. Good for kids. Good for people with dietary restrictions. Because again! Everyone can just pretty much do their own thing. I even tell the guests I don’t care if they use the microwave to make nachos or a quesadilla.

Lastly the belle of this ball is this sweet corn salad!

Mexican Rice Bowls
Serves four

1 pound ground turkey
1 and 1/2 cups rice
1 tablespoon taco seasoning
1 mango, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
4 green onions, sliced
1 cup salsa
A batch of sweet corn salad
Grated cheddar

Prepare rice according to package instructions.

Cook turkey in a large skillet over medium heat. When almost no pink remains, strain liquid from pan and add taco seasoning.

Assemble rice bowls with rice, ground turkey, mango, bell pepper, green onion, salsa, and corn salad. Top with grated cheddar.

MEXICAN RICE BOWLS
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 and ½ cups rice
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 1 cup salsa
  • A batch of sweet corn salad
  • Grated cheddar
Instructions
  1. Prepare rice according to package instructions.
  2. Cook turkey in a large skillet over medium heat. When almost no pink remains, strain liquid from pan and add taco seasoning.
  3. Assemble rice bowls with rice, ground turkey, mango, bell pepper, green onion, salsa, and corn salad. Top with grated cheddar.

 

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